Ashburton District Museum

Baring Square East
Ashburton, Canterbury
The museum has collections which record the natural and cultural history of the district. There is a model of the Rangitata Diversion Race a key factor in the region's economy. The race which involves a powerstation at Highbank runs 66 kilometres across the district irrigating many farms. It was started in 1936 as a depression work scheme. See the photo of Bob Semple the first Labour government's Minister of Works who is usually depicted driving a bulldozer.
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    Street map
  • Ashburton, 1904-1915, Ashburton, by Muir & Moodie studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa
    Ashburton, 1904-1915, Ashburton, by Muir & Moodie studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa
  • Ashburton from Post Office Tower, 1904, Ashburton, by Muir & Moodie studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (PS.001093)
    Ashburton from Post Office Tower, 1904, Ashburton, by Muir & Moodie studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (PS.001093)
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